. A t h e n s O n l i n e . In the year 2253, the world of gaming was changed. - - - Following the release of the Nerve Gear, a device that you wear enabling you to enter virtual realities, a new genre of game was discovered. VRMMORPGs, or virtual reality massively multiplayer online role-playing games, are essentially a strategy-based video game, with the player leveling up and gaining access to new and more powerful weaponry. In a few select role-playing games, one might even be able to take up masonry and begin making their own broadswords or daggers, or practice herbalism and become the master of medicines. Not ever has a role-playing game been so thought out, so detailed. Athens Online is a futuristic VMMORPG, set in the world of Athens. Instead of forests and wild life galore, like in most VMMORPGs, this world is mostly the work of humanity, with advanced technology and powerful weapons. However, a cloud of mystery and unsettling suspicion cloaks the land. Something is not right. The game's creator activated a system to trap the players inside the game, unable to log out; if players die in-game, or the Nerve Gears they used are removed, a strong electromagnetic pulse will fry their brain, killing them. . d e t a i l s . Allow me to explain the heart and soul of Athens Online. The story will follow a group of five veteran players as they trek through the land, determining a way out. There are five main classes: A R B I T E R The arbiter is a champion of balance. He is a warrior who has dedicated his life to maintaining the equilibrium between good and evil in the world, that it may flourish through its diversity. As a master of both spirit and arms, he has strengths similar to a paladin: clerical skill that complements his martial prowess. He has demanding strictures of behavior which he must maintain in order to keep his spirit in harmony with balance. It is not an easy task, but there are many rewards for those willing to undertake the challenge. The Arbiter is mostly and mixed class. They provide offensive support as well as guard weaker party members. Their main weapon is the hammer. C H A R L A T A N Charlatans are usually accepted wherever they travel...for a little while. These are highly charismatic individuals that rely upon their subtle magical abilities and their wits to relieve their audience of their possessions. Charlatans believe in the motto share and share alike as long as it is you who is doing the sharing. The Charlatan is a rouge-like class. They rely upon tricks and such to gain the upper hand in battle. Their main weapon is the spear. I N Q U I S I T O R Inquisitors are the agents of organized religion who specialize in hunting down and destroying opposing spellcasters and heretics. Inquisitors dress in black robes and often appear shifty-eyed, gaunt, and neurotic. They specialize in torture and punishment. The Inquisitor can either be the downfall or the uprising of your party. They support their allies by draining the power from other supportive classes, or from opposing offensive classes. Their main weapon is the staff. E M P A T H Empaths have the natural ability to transfer wounds from others to their own bodies. They then use their recuperative powers drawn from the spiritual realm of magic to heal themselves. They are rewarded by the gods and their patients as well for such selflessness. Their primary spells concentrate on self-healing, but they also have access to other spells more useful in combat. It is difficult, but not impossible for Empaths to gain skill in weapons and armor, though heavier armor types may adversely affect their ability to cast spells. The Empath is often described as the "healer" of the game. They do not gain very many offensive spells at all. Their main weapon is the morning star. G R E N A D I E R A grenadier is highly skilled with cannons. He has spent the majority of his youth training and practicing with his weapon of choice. He is skilled in rapid loading and expert at inflicting the most damage possible with his weapon. Exuding confidence in his abilities, he tends to disdain those who resort to hand-to-hand combat. The Gunslinger is the ranged class. They are often used as a trump card for more hand-to-hand offensive classes. Their main weapon is the cannon. . j o b s . Your character can, obviously, be any of these classes. When choosing a class, it is important to remember that there is a secondary job you may choose. There are three in total: herbalism, masonry, and thievery. It's recommended to choose a job that will compliment your chosen class. - - - . c h a r a c t e r - s h e e t . Name: Username: Age: Gender: Real-life appearance: In-game appearance: Class: Job: Level: (The level cap in Athens is 500, so somewhere between 350-500 would be ideal.) Personality: Basic Biography: Other: - - - . c h a r a c t e r - s l o t s . There will be 4 character slots, not including myself. That means there are going to be a total of five characters in this role-play. Currently accepted characters are: caelum as the Charlatan (Shiori) Sora as the Arbiter (Izanami) Lady Bernkastel as the Empath (Megumi) Reserved: None. - - - . r u l e s . 1. Most obviously, follow all IwakuRoleplay rules. 2. Posts must be at least 2 or more paragraphs, to keep the story entertaining. 3. One character per person. 4. We are going to go in a turn order, determined by the order we sign up in.